Connecting Oil City and Franklin, the Samuel Justus Trail is a 6-mile segment of a 30-mile trail that follows the former Allegheny Valley Railroad. The A.V. was completed to Oil City in 1868 and connected the oil fields with Pittsburgh. It operated as an independent company until it was absorbed into the Pennsylvania Railroad system in 1910. Conrail stopped using the line in 1984.
The trail begins across the Allegheny River from Franklin (where it also connects to the Allegheny River Trail
), known for its well-preserved Victorian architecture and tree-lined streets. It follows the river north toward Oil City through lush woodlands, passing iron furnaces, several operating oil wells, Pioneer Cemetery and a visitor center located in an 1844 saltbox house.
The trail's paved surface is perfect for bicycling and inline skating. You may also want to visit the mansion of the late Senator Joseph Sibley, who made his fortune by inventing the first formula for refining crude oil.